I, like most people this time of year, am trying to eat a bit healthier. This is a great breakfast idea that seems to be fashionable right now. Mainly because it’s quick and simple, can be prepared the night before, and gives you a nutritious breakfast that will keep you full up till lunch. I did my overnight oats with raspberries, topped with natural yoghurt and a sprinkling of sunflower seeds and goji berries. If you would like to try this simple recipe then read on!
Overnight Oats with Raspberries
The Principles of Overnight Oats
It’s fairly common knowledge that breakfast is an important meal of the day and porridge is a good choice being filling and wholesome. Cooking porridge from scratch using natural rolled oats is time consuming, and who really has time to do that in the morning? The instant versions are quicker but can have added salt and sugar. That’s where the overnight oats idea has come from, instant healthy porridge. Overnight oats currently seem to be the on trend recipe of the moment, probably due to their simplicity and versatility, and unlike some other health crazes they actually taste good!
The basics are the same whatever recipe you decide on. You can prepare them the night before for breakfast. The ideal container is one that is slightly tall and slim to allow the oats to soak in the milk (shallow, flat containers just wont do), and one that can be sealed or covered. Jam jars or other glass jars are ideal for this. I used a wide necked glass jar that I had in the cupboard that I got from Ikea a while back. This was ideal as it was perfect size to prepare the oats, had a clip seal lid already attached and the neck was wide enough to allow me to eat them straight from the jar (any reduction in washing up is always a bonus!). Also means I could take it to work if I didn’t have time to eat it in the morning.
All the overnight recipes have the same basic start point. Equal volumes of natural rolled oats and milk or other dairy substitute, ideally leaving it for at least 8 hours to allow the liquid to be absorbed. As for toppings the choice is yours. Frozen or fresh fruit, nuts, seeds, yoghurt all make good choices. This is how I prepared mine.
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup skimmed milk
- Frozen Raspberries (approximately 100g)
- 3 tbsp natural low fat yoghurt
- Sprinkle of sunflower seeds
- Sprinkle of dried goji berries
- Add oats to your container of choice. Then add the milk (alternative products can be used). As they are equal in volume the liquid should come just to the top of the oats.
- Add raspberries. I used frozen raspberries as I had them to hand. You could equally use fresh, or why not use mixed berries? I like the convenience of frozen fruit as I tend to keep a stock of it in my freezer.
- Add a few spoonfuls of natural low fat yoghurt on top, with a sprinkling of sunflower seeds and goji berries and you’re done!
- Seal container and put in the fridge overnight or for at least 8 hours, and there you have it overnight oats!
If you have a slightly sweeter tooth, you could always use fruit flavoured yoghurt instead of natural, or add a teaspoon of honey on top!
Despite being a healthy breakfast, it’s really yummy, why not give it a try?
NB. I am a home cook, and have had no formal training in preparing food. So these are just recipes that I use at home for the family. Whilst I have taken time to try and be as accurate as possible, some of the quantities are approximate. I am always keen to learn, so if you think the recipe can be improved upon please take the time to comment below.
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